During the holiday season, many claim that they do not have enough time to get a workout in or stay active. From early November through the end of the year, there are plenty of festivities, including eating, drinking, binging your favorite TV show, and among others, that can sway you from not working out. However, it is very important that you stay active during these winter months, and there are many easy tips and ways you can stay active.
Although people say they do not have enough time to workout, that is usually not the case. The first tip I would give to stay active is to get creative with your exercises. You do not necessarily need weights to get a good workout in. You can simply find body weight exercises online and put yourself through a 15-20 min HIIT workout while your turkey or ham is in the oven. If you are watching a TV show and you want to move on to the next episode, simply do some body weight squats, planks, pushups, sit-ups, or any simple exercise in between episodes.
Another tip I would suggest is try and make exercise a family activity. During this time of the year, there are many Thanksgiving and Christmas themed 5k and 10k’s. Even if you are not a runner, you could still sign the family up and walk it.
If you are worried about the unhealthy eating, meal prepping for a few days of the week might be extremely beneficial, as well. Try not to talk yourself into having a “cheat month!” The healthier food you are eating during these grueling, cold months, the better you will feel, and you will have more motivation to go outside and take a hike, go for a light jog, do a quick 15 min HIIT workout, or even go for a walk on a treadmill for a half hour.
In conclusion, don’t let the holidays be an excuse to stump the progress you have made. No matter how busy you think you might be, getting some exercise will help you feel better, relieve some stress, and enjoy the wonderful holiday season!